The Basics


Poha / Masala Fried Rice / Bread Upma

I must be nuts to post a recipe of Poha because every person alive in India must’ve at least once in his/her life tried to cook it. But then there are too many variations of this dish and cooked differently in different parts of our country. So I’ve decided to post a standard version of Poha to kick-start your day with some wholesome goodness.

The best part about learning to cook Poha is you can replace the main ingredient with any other carbohydrate source available at home and get a new, equally tasty dish. For example, replace Poha with leftover boiled rice you get an awesome lip smacking masala fried rice. Or cut your pieces of bread into small squares and you have spicy bread upma ready.

Now enough of gyaan. Let’s get right to making these 3 classic Indian Breakfast recipes.


What you will need!

  • Poha / Cooked Rice / Bread slices cut into cubes – 2 Cups
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard Seeds – 1 Tsp
  • Cumin – 1/2 Tsp
  • Curry Leaves – 8-10
  • Green Chilies Chopped – 2 Tsp
  • Onions Chopped – 1 medium
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/2 Tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1/2 Tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder (optional) – 1/2 Tsp
  • Peanuts – 2 Tbsp
  • Coriander chopped – 1/2 Cup
  • Grated Coconut (optional) – 1/2 Cup
  • Salt and Sugar – To Taste

Steps in pictures:

Steps to Follow!

  1. Heat oil in a non-stick pan or a non-stick kadhai (Bro Tip: Using a non-stick pan allows you to cook with a lesser quantity of oil without your food getting stuck at the bottom. Thus reducing your efforts and making it healthier).
  2. Shallow fry the peanuts till they turn brown. This will give a nice flavour and a crunchy texture. Remove from the pan and keep aside
  3. Add cumin and mustard seeds. The cumin will sizzle and the mustard seeds will splutter. Keep the lid handy.
  4. Add curry leaves and green chillies and cover the pan with the lid. Else, run for your lives.
  5. Quickly add the chopped onions and have some patience. Let them turn translucent.
  6. Add your ground spices. Garam masala is not needed for Poha. You can add it for masala rice and upma.
  7. Sauté for a minute in medium flame and add poha/rice/bread.
  8. Cook till the masala is well coated. Add the fried peanuts, grated coconut and coriander.
  9. Add salt according to your taste. Add a pinch of sugar just for that light sweet flavour.
  10. Turn off the flame and transfer it to a bowl, plate or have it directly from the pan.
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Reply Aritra Sasmal 17/10/2017 at 11:33 pm

Thank you for sharing recipe. Looks very nice. I tried at home its quite easy.
Thanks Krishna…

Reply U know me well 31/03/2018 at 10:19 pm

Ekdam Bhalo Krishnaji.. post some recipes for ppl who are on diet… and also secrete recipe of that tiffin u used to get in office..

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